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. the window for negotiation will not stay open forever. president obama has made that clear, and by now i think it should be clear this is a president who does not bluff. he says what he means, and he means what he says. the second shared goal i want to discuss is this -- now that rocket fire from gaza has stopped, america and israel have to work together with partners in the region to turn the ceasefire into a lasting calm. now, we have no illusions about those who launched the rockets. they had every intention of hiding behind civilians in gaza and killing civilians in israel. and they would have killed more of each if they could have. they even fired poorly aimed rockets at jerusalem, endangering palestinians as well as israelis, muslim holy sites as well as those of christians and jews. as we said throughout the crisis, israel retains every right to defend itself against such attacks. but a lasting ceasefire is essential for the people of israel, whose communities lie in the path of these rockets. the people of gaza deserve better, too. half the gaza population are under the age of 18
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